Season 3, Pastoralia, Episode 8: Catholic Parenting (Part 1)

Fr. Stephen McKenna

Fr. Stephen McKenna

On this month's episode of Pastoralia, we take on a perennial topic in part 1 of a 2 part discussion: the Catholic understanding of parenting and the raising of children.

This is a topic which is obscured and largely influenced by a cacophony of noise from modern pop psychology and pseudo-intellectual modern parenting books.

We begin the conversation with a discussion of the child-rearing theories of the modern world and the inherent problems with them. Father will compare those to the Catholic principles of child-rearing and why the Catholic building blocks of child raising and why these principles provide children with the best possible chance of retaining the Catholic faith, saving their souls, and being productive members of society.

We will talk about the issues surrounding the nursing of children, what is appropriate and what is not, the norms of modesty as it relates to nursing, and when the nursing should end.

The subjects of children sharing bedrooms, disciplining the children and corporal punishment. There seems to be quite the debate even among traditional Catholics about corporal punishment, and Father will lay out the biblical reference for such punishment and the guiding principles for the use of it.

Father will give instruction on the spiritual duties of the parents and will illustrate that spiritual duty is the reason behind all of the actions in how parents raise their children.

Join us as Fr. Stephen McKenna, assistant pastor of St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church in West Chester, Ohio (and pastor of many mission chapels), and host Joshua Gunsher as they conduct this month's episode of Pastoralia.


Original Air Date: November 5, 2014
Show Run Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Show Guest(s): Father Stephen McKenna
Show Host(s): Joshua Gunsher
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